A Costa Rican man who raped his own daughter and got her pregnant back in 2002 was just extradited back to his home country – but only after living in the United States for the past 14 years.
ICE officials on Wednesday said 48-year-old Jose Alberto Orozco-Ramirez was handed over to Costa Rican officials earlier this week after being picked up by Immigration Officials back in May. Ramirez, who was apparently the subject of an Interpol warrant for rape against a minor, had been living in the United States since first being admitted as an HB2 non-immigrant worker in 2003. Like millions of other temporary workers allowed into the United States on work visas, Ramirez overstayed his visa and never went home.
But what ICE officials didn’t divulge in their report is when exactly Ramirez committed this heinous crime, or what exactly it involved.
An article in Teletica, written entirely in Spanish, details the crime Ramirez had been accused of back in his home country. In 2002, the year before he was legally admitted into the U.S., Ramirez reportedly raped his own underage daughter and got her pregnant, the report states. According to the article, Ramirez fled the country and came to the U.S. after a rape complaint was filed against him.
To recap, the same government that allowed at least 1.5 million immigrants (both legal and illegal) into the United States each year on the promise that they’re being thoroughly vetted allowed a child rapist to come into this country on a legal work visa, permitted him to overstay his legal welcome and only removed him 14 years later thanks to an Interpol warrant.
About 13.5 percent of the U.S. population is comprised of immigrants, up from only about 5 percent back in 1970, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. The dramatic increase has sparked plenty of warranted debate over America’s history of providing safe haven for the destitute versus its need to protect itself against the economic impact of importing millions of unskilled laborers.
But setting aside the difficulty of balancing compassion with wisdom, along with our chronic and unaddressed visa overstay problem, herein lies a greater risk: criminal records of immigrants entering from foreign nations aren’t readily available to United States law enforcement. A child rapist can enter the United States on a work visa because no one’s checking to see if he’s wanted in Costa Rica.
Ramirez’s story is just one in a series of snapshots offered by government officials this week into our porous immigration system that admits both illegal aliens along with potentially dangerous legal ones.
A 44-year-old Mexican national was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for fraudulently using an America citizen’s I.D. for an astounding 17 years before finally getting caught.
Two days before, ICE announced a 41-year-old Somalian cab driver in Orange County was shipped back to Mogadishu after it turned out he was funneling money to the terrorist organization al-Shabaab. Ahmed Nasir Tahlil Mohamud had been a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. since 2004.
Also on Monday, 22-year-old Miguel Zelaya, an illegal alien from Honduras, was sentenced to life in prison along with Guatemalan illegal Luis Ordonez-Vega for murder and racketeering. The men represented just two of more than 30 gangbangers associated with MS-13 who were arrested in connection with the case out of Charlotte, N.C. While ICE didn’t specify how many of those were in the country illegally, the Salvadorian-based MS-13 gang is known for stocking its U.S. ranks with undocumented aliens in its cliques across the country.